Some FREE & really useful software everybody should have
Beginners in computing might find the following companion sites more useful:
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You can make your computer more efficient, enjoyable, and productive by installing some really useful and FREE software which you can download from the Internet. Depending on your need, the following software are highly recommended. There are many more available. But most people will find the following really useful. Many of these software programs are used by students or office workers daily. PDFs files are frequently found on both home and office computers. You are likely to find Adobe Reader installed on most computers, whether they are used by an office assistant at a Houston criminal defense lawyer office, or by a college student writing a research paper.
But be very careful about freeware. Dubious brands or dubious sources are known to contain malware (like spyware). Better be safe than sorry. The ones I recommended above, if downloaded from the sources indicated, are all safe.
It is also good to have more than one browser. In addition to IE, get Mozilla Firefox. It is FREE and reliable. (Download Firefox browser from here.) Most Windows users today use IE. But many people swear by Firefox claiming Firefox is a safer browser because it offers better protection from intrusion by external elements and makes browser hijacking more difficult. Some say it provides better phishing protection too. So far as I am concerned I use Internet Explorer 7.0 and I have never encountered any problem with it. But I have Firefox 3.0.7 too (though I rarely use it). Sometimes it is good to have two browsers to compare some aspects of a given Web site. Professional Webmasters always use several browsers to see how their Web site looks through different browsers.